OTTAWA, May 18 /CNW/ - Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) today congratulated
all of those appointed to the federal government Cabinet, in particular
Gerry Ritz and Leona Aglukkaq who return as Minister of Agriculture and
Agri-Food and Minister of Health respectively, Ed Fast who is the new
Minister of International Trade and Christian Paradis, the new Minister
of Industry who also returns as Minister of State (Agriculture).
"The new Cabinet has strong supporters of Canadian agriculture and rural
Canada," says EFC Chair Peter Clarke. "These Ministers recognize the
importance of growing a stable supply of affordable and nutritious
food, such as eggs," he notes.
Mr. Fast hails from the B.C. agricultural riding of Abbotsford where
there are numerous egg, poultry and dairy farms operating under supply
management. "Mr. Fast understands the importance of supply management
to Canada's economy and in job creation; we expect he will be a strong
advocate in international trade negotiations for all Canadian
agriculture sectors," Mr. Clarke says.
"We look forward to working again with Mr. Ritz on trade and other
issues involving farmers," he adds. Mr. Ritz has a history of working
on behalf of farmers. For example, the Battlefords-Lloydminster MP of
Saskatchewan worked closely with egg and poultry organizations in
modifying compensation regulations under the Health of Animals Act.
Now, Egg Farmers of Canada is turning its attention to the latest round
of Growing Forward consultations that will help define a revised
agricultural policy framework.
Christian Paradis of the Quebec riding of Mégantic-L'Érable has a solid
knowledge of agriculture and rural life, having held positions as
Minister of State for Agriculture and Minister of Natural Resources.
He will bring that knowledge about the importance of agriculture to the
Quebec and Canadian economy in his new position as Minister of Industry
while also returning as Minister of State for Agriculture.
Mr. Clarke says that when it comes to health matters, EFC will want to
address the serving size for eggs found on nutrition labels. The
nutrition label is for a one-egg serving size but Canada's Food Guide
recognizes two eggs as a serving, he says.
EFC looks forward to working with these ministers and meeting with them
in the coming months.
SOURCE Canadian Egg Marketing Agency
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